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  • October 1, 2011
  • • 19:00
  • • Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia
  • Referee: Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 40000
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La Liga Preview: Valencia v Granada

La Liga Preview: Valencia v Granada

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After a dramatic draw with Chelsea in the Champions League in midweek, Unai Emery's boys return to Mestalla looking to bag three points after losing to Sevilla last weekend


PROBABLE LINEUPS

VALENCIA

Guaita
Miguel, Ruiz, Rami, Mathieu
Abelda, Banega
Canales, Costa, Piatti
Soldado/Jonas
GRANADA

Roberto
Nyom, Diakhate, Mainz, Jaime
Moises, Yebda
Jara, Geijo, Benitez
Uche
Roberto Soldado, after scoring midweek against Chelsea, may start but Unai Emery could opt for Jonas to give his star striker a rest.

Vicente Guaita will likely return as goalkeeper despite Diego Alves' stellar performance against the English giants.

Adil Rami, who has shown quality in his first season in Spain, should start in defence days after earning a call-up to the France national team by Laurent Blanc.

For the visitors, on-loan attacker Franco Jara will be called upon to contribute in the attack, especially to send balls forward to Ikechukwu Uche if they have any hope of knocking of the home side.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Valencia have not lost at home this season in four fixtures, three in La Liga and one in the Champions League.
  • Soldado is the team's leading scorer in the league this campaign with five goals, three behind La Liga's top marksman Lionel Messi.
  • Emery's men are in seventh place in the league, two points behind leaders Real Betis. The Mestalla club were near the top of the table for most of the season before falling to Sevilla last week 1-0.
  • Granada are in 17th place in the league with four points. 
  • In the promoted club's five league fixtures, they have failed to score three times, only netting once in the other two match. Coach Fabri Gonzalez (pictured right) has yet to see his men score away from home this term. 
  • Dutch legend Johan Cruyff made his Barcelona debut against Granada, bagging a brace in a 4-0 victory on October 28, 1973.

Players to watch

Guaita

Position: Goalkeeper

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The young goalkeeper has played well so far this season, but there is a bit of pressure on him now with Diego Alves in stunning form in two Champions League encounters. Guaita will have to continue his solid play if he hopes to remain as the club's number one custodian.

F. Jara

Position: Attacker

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The former Arsenal de Sarandi star moved to the club on loan this term. A quality player with the ability to find the net and set up his team-mates, the Argentine will have to be at his best if his team has any shot in knocking off Valencia.

Editor's Prediction

Valencia should have no problem securing three points against Granada in this La Liga encounter, as the creativity of the home side's midfield should prove dominant in comparison to their guests, resulting in a comfortable victory.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Valencia

Granada

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
Valencia Club de Fútbol Valencia
Draw
Granada CF GRA
Granada CF Granada
96%

Top 3 Predictions

Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
2 - 0
Granada CF GRA
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
3 - 0
Granada CF GRA
Valencia Club de Fútbol VAL
4 - 0
Granada CF GRA

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